Hello there all you lovely Book Junkies!! I am quite excited, please help me give a warm Dee's reads .You may recognise her my November MWYA Buzz Blog of the Month Spotlight. If you haven't popped over to her blog to check out my guest post... make a turn after this awesome discussion *drum roll please*
"Do book covers influence your decisions on what books to read? If so, how? If not, what does? "
One of the most famous sayings is "Don't judge a book by it's cover." It tells us that looks can be deceiving, that beauty lies within and not to judge a person based on their appearance. But a more literal meaning tells us that we should give more weight to the books content versus the cover. In theory, this is a good practice. But, in actuality (for me, anyway)... I have a hard time not giving weight to a books' cover. Book covers absolutely influence my decisions on what to read. I'd say it's one of the top factors that influence my TBR, actually.
There have been some instances when a books' cover has made me skip it. Then, I get a friends recommendation or read reviews on Goodreads and decide I need to try it. Huge example is the lux series by Jennifer Armentrout. My friends and fellow book bloggers were fangirling so loudly about this series and author, I just knew I had to try it...even though I was skeptical about the alien story line. I'm so glad I did though because the books are amazing!!
Then again, I have to admit that I've read some books where the cover intrigued me yet the story fell flat. Like recently, Palace of Spies. And others that I have heard don't love up to their gorgeous covers/have been disappointed that they weren't 5 star material inside as much as they were outside. Recently, I had that experience with A Wounded Name. Such a gorgeous cover, but the story? Well it was a DNF for me, unfortunately.
I just want to say that one idea I saw that is really cool is this book library for the community or book bloggers where they wrapped the books with brown paper and wrote short descriptions on the covers. They mailed them to different readers and readers loved the books or requested books based on the descriptions that otherwise went largely overlooked! I think this is a majorly cool idea. I try to keep it in mind when I'm reading the books blurb, to give it more weight than the cover. But it's hard! Especially when you know you have all those pretty shiny book covers in your TBR..just waiting to be read! Here are some in my immediate TBR that I'm cover-lusting for. Will they be as good as I imagine? Let's hope!
All That Glows, EarthBound, Indelible
Discussion: Do you judge your books by their cover? Have you ever been misled by an amazing cover?
Oh, and many many thanks to Chené for having me on your blog!
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What do you think? I absolutely loved the concept of the community book wrapped up and choosing a book based on the blurb... Thank you Diamond for taking some time out to talk about covers and books, I agree Earthbound looks awesome and I hope the story matches up to the amazing cover! Pop over to Dee's Reads to say Hi and keep an eye out for these future reviews to see if they lived up to their covers... I know I am intrigued!